American football in the UK? (one UK fans perspective)

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Right, how  much do you guys think we know about “American Football”  over here in the UK? …or should I ask “which of you even really cares”?

The truth is, American Football has been big over here for a very long time,  let me show you!

It probably started with guys playing American Football who were stationed here with the US Army, but it’s only when a terrestial TV channel, “channel 4″, started showing American Football way back in 1982 with a mix of highlights and game rules. Wow!  Over here, we hadn’t seen anything like this sport… padding, helmets, legal violence (violence usually happened on the terraces not on the pitch!) touchdown thingy’s oh and of course the cheerleaders! What did we have in Britain? Soccer violence? Snooker legend Steve Davis? Oh and Torville & Dean! … Jeez how sad!

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  • Miami Dolfans Global

    I too am a UK fan of the Dolphins and have been since around 81/82,
    I remember listening to them on forces radio first off in the early 80s a right pain in the butt when you lost the signal lol
    oh those were the days
    nice blog brings back some memories

  • Steve Ainscow

    Your blog is so true. I got into the sport in via Channel 4′s coverage and ended up playing for the Bolton Team in its various guisies from about ’83 til 1990. Best sport I ever played (even soccer didn’t come close). Now my youngest son plays and having played at youth level for 3 years as now moved on to play at Leicester uni. Happy days

    • Tim Mason

      TA TIM

  • ronnie

    hey guys, thanks for the comments, because my stuff is more historical it gets lost sometimes… Steve me and you have history (lol) thanks for commenting bud as for MD Global thanks pal yeah those days were a pain look out for more stuff where abouts are you now?

    • Miami Dolfans Global

      am down on the South Coast
      I run Miami Dolfans Global on Facebook

      • Miami Dolfans Global

        will post this blog on the page

        • ronnie

          excellent, do you have an email address would love to interview you for a piece on here! north to south baby!

          • Miami Dolfans Global

            where should I send it too?

  • Steve Ainscow

    Still in Bolton, coached with the Manchester Titans youth last year. Hopefully coaching at the Northwestern Bulldogs next year. Keep in touch. Youth and Uni football are our way forward to hopefully compete on a greater stage in the future years. Who’d had thought the American soccer team could compete on the world stage its all come from grass roots.Here’s hoping

  • armyrn

    Wow, I never knew there was so many UK Phin fans out here….I live in Ohio, but orinally from FLA….It’s good to see interest in american football outside the U.S. as I would love to see another rcountry have an NFL team…( I hope Britian will be the first Canada had thier chance…LOL)

  • ronnie

    ha ha Canada had their chance (I thought the Buffalo Bills were Canadian LOL!)

    MD Global I’ll join the Facebook page


    • Miami Dolfans Global

      I thought the Buffalo Bills were Canadian LMAO
      cheers Ronnie

  • Marisa Villars


    My husband kevin Villars played for the Bolton Buccaneers in 1990. He is trying to get hold of an old team mate first name Tim and has forgotten his last name. Is there a way to find the roster for that year and find his name?


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  • Tim Mason

    Hi Marisa – I am that Man – Tim Mason. Now remarried with 3 kids and living in West London
    is kev still a winker

  • Marisa Parker

    my husband Kevin Villars played for the Bolton Buccaneers in 1991 I am looking for a team mate of his named Tim Mason.

    • Tim Mason

      Iam he. hes such a wanker